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What is Firefox?


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Firefox is a free and open-source web browser, backed by a non-for-profit. It is developed by the Mozilla Corporation, which is a subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation. The web browser is available for most operating systems, including mobile ones. Firefox uses the Gecko layout engine for rendering web pages.

Firefox was created with the codename Phoenix in 2002. It was designed to meet the needs of the Mozilla community members, who were asking for a standalone browser, instead of the Mozilla Application Suite bundle. The Mozilla community was created by Netscape in 1990 before it was acquired by AOL. The web browser was released on the 9th of November, 2004.

In 2009, Firefox 3.5 managed to increase its usage share to 32.21% and overtake Internet Explorer 7. At the end of 2020, Firefox has approximately 8% usage share and it was the third most popular web browser after Google Chrome and Safari.

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